I am participating in the March Slice of Life Challenge: A slice a day for all of March. You should do it too! Thank you, Two Writing Teachers! Readers, check out their site, and start slicing!
March 1 Slice Day!
The dog peeks over at me as I try to sneak downstairs to write before everyone wakes up.
I open my laptop, start a new post and wonder if maybe 4 years of daily March slicing was enough. I might not have anything new to say.
I read and comment on other blogs. I review my slices from last year. I miss having students who slice with me in March. I sit. I drink my coffee. I think.
It’s time to get ready for the day now, so I leave my blank post, and head upstairs. H comes out of his room. “I’m going to do the 31 day Slice of Life challenge!” he says. “I’m going to slice every day. You’ll just have to make sure you bring your computer when we go away, so I don’t miss a day.”
I cheer. I have a student to slice with! My very own 5th grader. My reluctant writer who is planning to write every day. Thank you to his wonderful teacher!
I want to tell him tips and hints and advice right away. I want to remind him that he can pick small moments, that he can make observations, write poetry, follow formats, have fun… I want to tell him he’s probably already experienced several slices this morning! Instead, I get ready for school, and ask him to do the same.
A few hours later, he’s already emailed me his first slice and shared his March Slice of Life Challenge Google doc with me.
He totally didn’t need my advice.